“When such a killing occurs, it’s normal for people to snap.”
A right-wing Facebook page started a witch hunt by claiming that a protester had blinded a policeman at the G20 protests.
Lutz Bachmann, 43, went on trial in April in the German city of Dresden. He was ordered to pay a fine of $11,000 but escaped prison for insulting refugees and immigrants in a social media post
Hundreds of leftist demonstrators protested against the anti-immigrant Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) party as it held its annual congress. The party is becoming more popular in Germany amid terrorist attacks in Europe and increased immigration.
Lutz Bachmann called refugees "cattle" and "filth" but denies being a racist. His Pegida party has gained rapidly in popularity since its founding in 2014, as the migrant crisis divides Europe.
Lutz Bachmann was accused of disrupting public order after he called refugees in Europe "cattle" and "scum" on Facebook. A Dresden court said on Tuesday that his words constituted an "attack on [the refugees'] dignity."
After more than 100 women were attacked on New Year's Eve in Cologne, the anti-immigrant group Pegida and counter-demonstrators held rival protests.
About 1,000 anti-fascist protesters in Leipzig reportedly set fire to trash bins and wooden barricades to prevent 200 supporters of small neo-Nazi groups rom marching.
The movement has experienced a slight revival in recent weeks, as Germany continues to face the challenges posed by a huge influx of refugees.
Germany may have 1.5 million people applying for asylum by the end of the year, a crisis with which it must wrestle in light of the country's turbulent past.